Sunday, August 7, 2011

Candy Store - A step into frankening

Recently, I've been getting into frankening. I'm sure most of you are familiar with that term, but for those of you who aren't crazy into nail polish, it's where you mix your own custom colors by combining different polishes. It's really fun and you end up with some great, unique colors.

However, frankening can also be used to create duplicates, or dupes, of certain *coughEXPENSIVEcough* brands. Inspired by Rebecca and other nail bloggers out there, I set out to make a dupe of Deborah Lippmann's Candy Shop. It's a lovely pink base with Happy Birthday style glitter mixed throughout. When you put it on, the pink is kind of sheer, so you get a lovely glitter layering.

I called my dupe "Candy Store," because it's close but not exact. :)

Candy Store and Milani Gems

On the suggestion of Rebecca, I started with Milani Gems, which is a pretty close substitute for Lippmann's Happy Birthday.

I also used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Twisted Pink

China Glaze - White On White
A few drops of some various Lippmann pinks that my sister is lending me

If you plan to make a dupe yourself, start by pouring out some of the gems. If you have an empty polish bottle, you can pour into that and save it to make another franken with! Add in some pink and shake shake shake until the pink is incorporated into the Gems.

Add some of your white color and shake it all up good. Keep adding in white until you are pleased with the lightness of your pink. There's really no wrong way to do it! As you can see, I added in a few bits of some other Lippmann pinks that I had borrowed from my sister, but I barely used any so I'm sure it's not necessary for your franken if you don't have any.

And that's it! Here's what mine looked like on the nail. It's just divine, really.

My franken - Candy "Store"


  1. Thank you! I was very pleased with the outcome!

  2. Love this! I may have to try it!

  3. Thanks for doing this! I've been desperately wanting to franken one of the Milani Jewels I own, but was super hesitant. Yours came out fantastic!!!! Love, love, love, heart <3


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